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MSI 790FX-GD70 ATX AM3 790FX DDR3 4PCI-E16 CrossFire 1PCI-E1 2PCI eSATA SATA GBLAN Motherboard

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   Shipping Weight:   3.6 lbs
   Part #: 790FX-GD70
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Features    [ Edit | History ]
Quick Specs:
Maximum Memory 16 GB
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Form Factor ATX
Processor Supported Phenom II X3 Phenom II X4
RAID Levels 0 1 5 1+0 JBOD
Total Processor Supported 1
Controller Type Floppy Controller Serial ATA/300 Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Processor Socket Socket AM3 PGA-941
Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Processor Technology Cool'n'Quiet Technology
Memory Standard DDR3-1333/PC3-10600 DDR3-1066/PC3-8500 DDR2-800/PC2-6400
Width 9.6"
Depth 12"
Front Side Bus 2600 MHz
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority WEEE
64-bit Processing Yes
Chipset Manufacturer AMD
Chipset Model 790FX
Number of Memory Slots 4
Number of PCI Slots 2
Multi GPU Supported CrossFire
Audio Channels 7.1
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Number of IDE Interfaces 1
Number of SATA Interfaces 9
Number of PCI Express x1 Slots 1
RAID Supported Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots 7
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots 4
Network (RJ-45) Yes
Total Number of USB Ports 7
PS/2 Port Yes
Number of PS/2 Ports 2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 2
Onboard S/PDIF Header Yes
Total Number of PCI Express Slots 5

Specifications    [ Edit | History ]
     Audio Channels: 7.1
     Sound Controller Manufacturer: Realtek
     Sound Controller Model: ALC889
General Information  
     Brand Name: MSI
     Manufacturer: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd
     Manufacturer Part Number: 790FX-GD70
     Manufacturer Website Address:
     Product Model: 790FX-GD70
     Product Name: 790FX-GD70 Desktop Motherboard
     Product Type: Desktop Motherboard
I/O Controller  
     Controller Type: Floppy Controller
Serial ATA/300
Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
     RAID Levels: 0
     RAID Supported: Yes
I/O Expansions  
     Number of PCI Express x1 Slots: 1
     Number of PCI Express x16 Slots: 4
     Number of PCI Slots: 2
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 7
     Total Number of PCI Express Slots: 5
     Audio Line In: Yes
     Audio Line Out: Yes
     Microphone Port: Yes
     Network (RJ-45): Yes
     Number of PS/2 Ports: 2
     Number of S/PDIF Out Ports: 2
     Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 7
     PS/2 Port: Yes
     S/PDIF: Yes
     Total Number of USB Ports: 7
     Maximum Memory: 16 GB
     Memory Standard: DDR3-1333/PC3-10600
     Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
     Number of Memory Slots: 4
     Additional Information:

FSB 1600/1800/2133MHz is Overclocked Speed

     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: WEEE
     Green Compliant: Yes
Network & Communication  
     Gigabit Ethernet: Yes
Onboard Interfaces  
     Number of IDE Interfaces: 1
     Number of SATA Interfaces: 9
     Onboard Audio Header: Yes
     Onboard LEDs Header: Yes
     Onboard S/PDIF Header: Yes
     Total Number of Onboard USB Ports: 2
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 12" (304 mm)
     Form Factor: ATX
     Width: 9.6" (245 mm)
Processor & Chipset  
     64-bit Processing: Yes
     Chipset Manufacturer: AMD
     Chipset Model: 790FX
     Front Side Bus: 2600 MHz
     Multi GPU Supported: CrossFire
     Processor Socket: Socket AM3 PGA-941
     Processor Supported: Phenom II X3
Phenom II X4
     Processor Technology: Cool'n'Quiet Technology
     Total Processor Supported: 1
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year

MSI 790FX-GD70 Customer Reviews

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Experience: 2 Years
Very solid board
no USB 3.0 and SATA III
This is one of MSI's flagship board. Great for crossfire AND it can be configured as litecoin mining (check it out on youtube)

Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Quad PCI-e16, solid board, lots of features
a fan on the NB would be nice
I bought this for my gaming rig and it has performed excellent, it has lots of room for me to put another GPU and lots of features. I added 2 40mm fans to the NB because i like to keep things cool.

Experience: 7 Days
 Verified Owner
Quad-crossfire capable.
On-board power/reset buttons.
Near-perfect layout.
Five fan headers.
None for me. I don't care about USB3.
Wow what a great board. They can't stay in stock at this price.

I have four of these, they run stable 24/7.

This is THE perfect test bench motherboard.

Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
price, features
older chipset without newer standards
This board is a steal, the only thing it's missing is USB3. Makes an excellent board for a GPU folding farm.

Also an excellent workstation/tech bench board. Too bad AMD CPU offerings aren't incredibly competitive.

Experience: 8 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Great build quality, feels solid.
Easy to navigate bios with a plethora of O/C tweaking options.
Gamer friendly, X-fire your brains out.
Very pleasing aesthetically, begs to be in a windowed case.
Nice accessory package, ide, sata, crossfire bridges all good quality.
Northbridge temps are high after OC (63c 1.22v idle)but this is probably due to my not being fully familiar with this bios.
This is my second build with MSI boards and I have to say I'm really impressed so far. This particular board is a steal at the price they're asking right now. Older chipset but still a great gaming board. Snap them up while you can, at this price they won't last.

Experience: 5 Days
 Verified Owner
-Excellent motherboard
-Lots of options
-Lots of cables included
-Mini board status LCD screen
-Have to update  the bios when using amd x6
Very nice motherboard that I would recommend to everyone. The only complaint I have is that it comes with an older version of the bios not compatible with amd phenom 2 x6 (and NCIX sells it in a bundle deal with this card...). So you have to upgrade the bios. Once you know this is the problem, it is pretty easy to do, but you first have to figure out why your cpu is sooo slow. At least, NCIX should include a notice saying that the bios will need to be upgraded.
Appart from that, excellent motherboard, plenty of options for the price, I don't think you can find a better deal right now.

Experience: 5 Days
 Verified Owner
BIOS (read summary)
Great motherboard for the price. It worked great out of the box except for the recognition of a x6 AMD processor.
It needed a BIOS upgrade to recognize the 1055t cpu. The bios update  was incredibly easy to do. All you have to do is hop onto msi website, download the newest bios. Extract the files to a fat32 usb drive. Restart your pc, go into bios. Then there is an option to update  the bios from usb. Presto, worked like a charm.

Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
good choice of colours
buttons on mobo
OC dial
onboard cpu temperature reader
Very nice motherboard. Contains all the necessary components and features plus more. Appealing to the eyes.

Experience: 1 Months
solid mb, few connectors ports
i bought this mother board to build a comp. i'm pretty happy of my purchase! i run a amd 965 x4 ocz 2x2 gb 1333 msi geforce gtx 460 728mb ocz modxstream pro 600w 300 antec case plus 3 coolermaster green led 120mm seagate barracuda 1tb samsung 22x burner. it runs so good so far. buy it on sale!

peter h
Experience: 5 Days
I work on computers every day for me this stuff comes natural. Most of the complaints I read are from not reading the instructions or lack of computer expertise that A+ or higher professionals like me already do all the time. The OC dial does not work until you enable it in the bios for the guy below. Clear cmos works if you hold the button in while power is on. The amd 965 works with version 1.4 bios. I am typing on it now.
For the not tech savvy this level of features might be too much. But for the person who wants to squeeze every last ounce for OC this is a power users board period. The 790 ultra boards are the same way when not setup right. All ram must be planned in advance for the specs of ddr3 boards. If you OC on this board you need AMD approved ram such as the OCZ amd edition or Patriot AMD 790FX tested. Mushkin and Corsair also make like products.
I will pass on that although MSI says this will run at 2000+ the bios is set at 1:4 which is 1600 mhz max. Maybe when version 1.5 comes out this will change. The crosshair 3 is the same way. 1600 down to 1066 ddr3 dual channel work best. This is a great board when setup right. Much smoother than the I7 rigs that are 2 arms and 3 legs.

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Comment: Overall, we were impressed with the MSI 790FX-GD70 and we’re pleased to award it with Hardware Canucks’ “DAM GOOD” award!
Posted by: pnomolos @08/24/09
Comment: Another solid review giving the GD70 a solid recommendation. Good pictures of board layout (all angles).
Posted by: ragz @05/28/09
Comment: Another relatively standard review, more benches and a few more details on overclocking with comparisons to the Gigabyte MA790GP-DS4H and ASUS M3A78-T motherboards.
Posted by: ragz @05/28/09
Comment: Standard motherboard review with comparison to the Asus M4A79T Deluxe and the MSI DKA790GX Platinum boards. Good features, overclocking, and worthy of consideration.
Posted by: ragz @05/28/09
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